Two Year Olds – we currently offer places under the ‘Free for Twos’ scheme run by Kent County Council. This provides for 15 hours free care and education per week during term time for 2 year olds. It is, however, means tested. For more information you can phone Kent CFIS on Freephone 08000 323230. You will need to apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/childcare-and-pre-school/free-childcare/free-childcare-for-2-year-olds
3/4 Year Olds – we offer up to 30 hours funded education and care over a minimum of 2 days per week. 15 hours are available for all children and is not means tested, an extra 15 hours is available however this is means tested. Funded places are dependant on availability.
Childcare Vouchers – these can save many parents with children aged up to 15 over £100 per year on childcare. Vouchers are only available via employers, but many companies, both large and small, offer them. From April 2013 the limits are:
Basic (20%) taxpayer - £55/week vouchers – maximum annual gain £930;
Higher (40%) taxpayer - £28/week vouchers – maximum annual gain £630;
Top (45%) taxpayer - £25/week voucher – maximum annual gain £590.
Each parent can therefore claim a maximum of £243 per calendar month. St Bart’s accepts vouchers from all commercial providers and private company provisions.
Tax Free Childcare - If you're a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child - that's up to £500 every three months.
Please note that parents can not claim Tax Free Childcare and Childcare vouchers at the same time. They have to choose one or the other.
For more information on funding, tax free childcare and child tax credits please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk